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Grower, Philanthropist Marvin Sundquist, 1926-2015

August 31st, 2015|0 Comments

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Marvin Sundquist, retired owner of Sundquist Fruit and Cold Storage in Yakima, Washington, died Saturday. He was 89.

Sundquist Fruit & Cold Storage originated in 1922, when Ralph Sundquist, father of Marvin, agreed to manage an investor-owned fruit-growing operation in the lower Naches area of the Upper Yakima Valley in Washington

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GFG Associate Editor Richard Lehnert, 1942-2015

August 31st, 2015|7 Comments

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Richard Lehnert, associate editor with Good Fruit Grower for the past six years, died suddenly August 31 at his home in Trufant, Michigan. He was 72.

Lehnert received numerous awards during his 52-year career as an agricultural journalist. Earlier this year, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University

Robert Snyder 1921–2015

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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Robert Snyder, a former partner at C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, died June 19 at the age of 94.

Snyder grew up in Wenatchee. He became a U.S. Air Force cadet and graduated from the Hancock Foundation College of Aeronautics in California. He later earned a degree in business administration from

Gene Veliquette, 1947-2015

June 12th, 2015|0 Comments

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Michigan’s cherry industry lost a visionary leader with the death of Gene Veliquette. The influential grower died June 7 in Traverse City. He was 67.

After buying his first farm in 1970 with his brother Norm and twin brother Dean, Veliquette began raising cherries and quickly became an industry leader.

“Gene was

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Jack Edwin Jones: 1941-2015

April 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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Jack Jones, grower and entrepreneur from Quincy, Washington, was known for doing things in a big way. He welcomed new challenges as he diversified from the family’s potato growing and packing operation to growing tree fruit and wine grapes to building a winery and a large custom grape crushing facility.

Dick Bartram, 1920-2015

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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Retired Washington State University Cooperative Extension agent Richard “Dick” Bartram, who was an authority on apple maturity and storage, died February 19, aged 94.

Bartram was born in Chelan, Washington, and grew up on the family orchard. He graduated from Washington State College in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture.

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Robert L. Andrews, 1930 – 2014

January 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Andrews credited for helping develop grape region.

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Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

December 9th, 2014|1 Comment

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Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes.

Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in 1959.

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Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Daniel Thomas Symms, great-grandson of the founder of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, died from cancer on October 7. He was 52.

Symms grew up on the Symms Fruit Ranch until his father, Steven Symms, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972. His father served four terms in the

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John Daniel Gebbers, 1930 – 2014

October 31st, 2014|0 Comments

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John “Danny” Gebbers, 84, patriarch of the Gebbers family that has been growing apples near Brewster for more than 100 years, died October 21 of complications from a fall last summer during the region’s forest fires.

Gebbers Farms, with more than 5,000 acres of tree fruit, is one of the largest

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Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

October 9th, 2014|2 Comments

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Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of the first to plant wine grapes in Yakima Valley in 1968. Miller, who founded Airfield

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Guy William “Bill” Powers, 1926 – 2014

October 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Washington wine industry legend Bill Powers, known for his innovative, organic grape growing and winemaking, died September 23. He was 88.

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Fast track ends for Jerry Haak

February 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Jerry Haak focused on growing fruit and helping others, not his pain.

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Pat Hagood, 1924–2013

November 18th, 2013|0 Comments

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Journalist Helen Patricia Hagood, who wrote for Good Fruit Grower during the 1970s, died in Springfield, Oregon, on September 13. She was 89.

Hagood was born in Dixonville, Oregon. After graduating from Roseburg High School, she attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon, where she was the first female editor of

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Joe Sardinha unified the B.C. tree fruit industry

November 18th, 2013|0 Comments

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British Columbia orchardist Joe Sardinha will be remembered for his efforts to unify the tree fruit industry both within the province and across Canada.

Sardinha, president of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association from 2005 to 2011, died August 31 of a heart attack. He was 52.

Glen Lucas, general manager of

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Joe Sardinha, former president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, passed away August 31

September 16th, 2013|0 Comments

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Joe Sardinha, former president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, passed away August 31, the Penticton Herald reported.
The Summerland, B.C., orchardist served as president of the association from 2005 to 2011. He was 52. Sardinha was described as a great leader for the B.C. fruit industry.

“Joe’s death was totally unexpected.

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Obituaries

July 1st, 2010|0 Comments

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Albert Ravenholt was a visionary. In 1968, he and founding Sagemoor Farms partner Alec Bayless shared a belief that tree fruit and wine grapes would thrive in Washington’s Columbia Basin, an area then still mainly scrub brush and tumbleweeds. Ravenholt of Seattle, Washington, died on April 25 at the age

Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett 1945-2010

April 1st, 2010|0 Comments

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Charles L. “Charlie” Bennett, 64, who spent his career working on the rootstock development program at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, died February 24.

He began working in the mid-1960s for the New York State Fruit Testing Association in Geneva. He was mainly involved with plant propagation and was skilled

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Lonnie Alvin Conner, 1925–2010

April 1st, 2010|0 Comments

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Pasco, Washington, juice grape grower Lonnie Conner, who devoted much of his life to industry and community affairs, died February 19 after a brief illness. He was 84.

Conner, born in Kellogg, Idaho, served in the U.S. Army Infantry 94th Division from 1944 to 1946 and received a Bronze Star for